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Gosnell believes he was convicted due to Catholic pro-life bias

Ben Johnson

PHILADELPHIA, September 24, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – To the world, and his own jurors, Kermit Gosnell's murder trial was an open-and-shut case. But the late-term abortionist, who is now serving three consecutive life sentences for murdering at least three newborns, believes something else was at work: a vast Catholic conspiracy.

In an e-mail to reporter Steve Volk of Philadelphia Magazine, Gosnell wrote, “I have come to believe that the presumption of guilt was compounded by religious convictions” held by pivotal individuals at every stage of his prosecution.

“Were you aware that [District Attorney] Seth [Williams] was an altar boy?” he asked. “Did you know of the strong Catholic presence in the homicide division? There were Italian Catholics, Irish Catholics, Hispanic Catholics, and a predominance of education within Catholic schools.”

“My perspective is that...the overt guilt was in the second trimester abortion itself,” he wrote.

But, whatever the accuracy of Gosnell's impromptu census of the religious beliefs of the homicide division, the men and women who ultimately decided his fate can hardly be accused of being on a religious crusade. Three-quarters of Gosnell's jurors described themselves as “pro-choice.”

“To give you some background on the jurors, of the seven women and five men who are on the jury, at least nine told the court that they are pro-choice,” reported Jacqueline London of NBC's Philadelphia affiliate. “Two say that they are neither pro-choice nor pro-life.”

Although pro-choice jurors far outnubmered pro-life jury members, the jury easily reached a unanimous conviction.

When Gosnell's defense attorney, Jack McMahon, demanded that jurors be polled individually about whether they agree with the guilty verdict, each virtually shouted “agree!” according to reporter J.D. Mullane, who was inside the courtroom.

Gosnell told Volk he has been studying the Bible in jail but has not yet adopted its worldview.

“I am a big believer in situational ethics,” he said. 

In other portions of his interview, Gosnell expressed no remorse for his actions.

Read the details in Steve Volk's 51-page e-book Gosnell's Babies: Inside the Mind of America's Most Notorious Abortion Doctor

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